Moods of a Brahminy Starling

Except for pigeons and some species of a sunbird, whichever birds I’ve encountered in my neighbourhood, of late, through the camera lens, appear to be violent – Mynas, Starlings, even Bulbuls. If you give a distant look, they’re those little darlings flying here and there, but a closer look at their sharp beak and wild iris tells a completely different story. Vigilant, Angry and Wild.
Take a look at a few different moods of this Brahminy Starling that frequents my neighbourhood.
Bird: Brahminy Starling | Month: July 2014 | Season: Onset of Monsoon | Place: Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Gujarat, India



All set to attack

One poke with my beak, and you’re finished Ms. Ant!



Kitne Aadmi They? 😛

Sorry I couldn’t think of anything other than Gabbar’s entry walk and fury, looking at that walking bird! 



Two For Joy

The Plot Thickens my dear Watson! (P.S. – Apologies for the resolution.)



Vigil and Warning

Frantic calls? 



Doggie Moods!

Perhaps all the dog lovers share the same opinion that dogs too have different moods. Yes, they can be moody: From happy to sad to guilty to laughter to overwhelmed to crazy to emotional to almost everything that humans can understand without knowing dog language.

ChilliMy life seemed to change after Chilly came to our place on that monsoon evening, chasing butterflies! It rained heavily that evening and since the colony roads were too much water logged, Chilli took shelter in the backyard of my house. Ever since, Chilly has been a part of our family. And ever since, I have never seen mom under any sort of depression or deteriorating health: I had read that dogs are stress busters and they help you keep good health. Now I know they do.

Two generations came soon after chilli, some went for adoption and the rest stayed at my place making a total of four dogs now: Chilly, Chhotu, Chhoti & Mini!

PuppiesAs kids all the dogs are equally playful, no matter how angry or sad or tired you are: if they’re up, they’d always wanna play with you. But as they grow up, they begin to understand your moods, get used to your presence or absence.

Chhotu  - SadI remember, Chhotu did not talk to us while we got back from a four-day Diwali break. There were care-takers, to feed them and watch on their routines; but all he wanted was our company!

For me the best part about dogs is, you’d never need a companion – they amaze you with their sheer creativity and yet, love you unconditionally! A few moods of dogs I’d like to share in pictures.


This is how they welcome you when you get back home from outside, even if you were out for ten minutes 🙂




That’s how they cutely fight among each other trying to shoo one another away – just to make sure they get the attention first!

Wild Mini

That’s mini getting wild at me when she was barely 2 months old. She used to climb up the sofa back and then try to cat-walk slowly. When I tried to pick her up, this is the look I used to get.

chhotu - birthday mood









That’s Chhotu’s first birthday and he was scared of that silly cap on his face! Chilli tore the cap minutes later 😛


Those are the little pups that we gave away for adoption. Look at those mischievious eyes! Up to no good I can say! 😀

So that’s about my dogs; rather moody dogs!